EDENDERRY Town Councillor Finian O’Neill has made a submission to the Court Services regarding the future of District Court sittings in Edenderry.
Cllr O’Neill states that to discontinue sittings would ‘send out a negative signal’ about the town.
In his submission he states, “The District Court has been part of the infrastructure of Edenderry and one of the services of the town for a considerable number of years.
“To discontinue Court sittings in Edenderry would send out a negative signal about a town which I and my Councillor colleagues are trying to develop as a modern progressive town.
Cllr O’Neill points to the census figures and investment in the Town Hall as reasons to maitain sittings.
“The population of the town and it’s environs has increased greatly as shown in the last couple of census results. The criteria used in the evaluation mitigates against towns like Edenderry and gives no chance of being met. Substantial investment was made in the Town Hall including the Court section of it in the past thirteen years or so to enable it to meet modern standards. The Court section of the refurbished upstairs part of the Town Hall was designed specifically for Court sittings. The upstairs part of the Town Hall where dances, plays, musicals etc was dispensed with at the time to provide proper Court facilities including rooms for the Judge, Consultation Rooms etc.”
He also points to the economic consequences on the town if sittings are not maintained.
“At a time when local businesses are going through a tough time, the discontinuing of Court sittings would be an economic loss to the town. Some local business people tell me that they gain considerably on days of Court sittings. The Court Service should bear in mind the loss any service will have on the town. Moving sittings to Tullamore will make life more difficult for all who attend the Court such as those summonsed to attend, witnesses, An Gardai and the legal profession.
“I would ask that the Court Service take a wider look in it’s evaluation at the implications of discontinuing sittings in Edenderry,” the submission concludes.